Body, Mind & Spirit

5 Books You Can Read in a Day

Published on September 6, 2017

Article by Justine Amodeo for Bodhi Tree

Celebrating the written word can take many forms on this day that honors reading. While e-books and audio books have made reading more accessible to those who prefer their stories delivered from their devices, print books, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, are still the most popular format. National Read a Book Day is a great time to start—and finish—that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table, or pick up one of these five books that can be read in a day.

Eat That Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, by Brian Tracy (144 pages)

If you suffer from disorganization, this fully revised and updated edition of Brian Tracy’s best-selling classic sharply focuses on the effective tools of time management: decision, discipline and determination. Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day, despite constant electronic distractions, so you can zero in on critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. In a new chapter, Tracy also explains how new innovations in the digital world can be put to good use. A great read if you’re challenged by personal time management.

The Compassion Book: Teachings for Awakening the Heart, by Pema Chödrön (144 pages)

Pema Chödrön’s succinct guide to living wisely and effectively in both good times and bad has, at its core, a transformative Tibetan Buddhist method to nurture compassion and fearlessness called lojong (slogans that are daily contemplations), a primary focus of her teachings and personal practice for many years. There are 59 daily contemplations, such as “Don’t be so predictable,” “Whichever of the two occurs, be patient,” and “Be grateful to everyone.” This book can become a spiritual practice that you begin this day by picking one lojong at random and living the meaning of that slogan for a day. Or listen to the short downloadable audio program included with the book and start a meditation practice.

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Life, by Shakti Gawain (200 pages)

If you’re feeling stuck in repetitive patterns that aren’t working in your life, today is the day to make a move toward positive change. The author stresses that creating happiness doesn’t come from material objects, but a rich inner connection to soul and self. Used successfully in the fields of health, business, the creative arts and sports, creative visualization—the art of using mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive changes—can have an impact in every area of your life. This book doesn’t need to be read all in one sitting; an option is to read a chapter, let it sink in, and practice what you’ve read while living your daily life, then move on to the next.

The Art of Psychic Protection, by Judy Hall (160 pages)

If you’re someone who others are drawn to share their troubles, either professionally or personally, take some time today to explore this book that teaches you the importance of re-establishing boundaries. Learn how to create a “light bubble” and form a coat of protection from other people’s energy. In this book, psychic Judy Hall, who has been running psychic development, karmic astrology and past-life exploration groups for more than two decades, offers simple and effective psychic-protection tools that include visualizations, flower remedies, gems and talismans, as well as practical advice for avoiding psychic compromises.

Regardless of What You Were Taught to Believe…There is Nothing Wrong with You, by Cheri Huber (234 pages)

Maybe change isn’t what you need. Perhaps you just need to learn to accept yourself just as you are. In an easy-to-read, handwritten font with illustrations and examples, this Zen-inspired book shows us that everything we are seeking is already inside of us. Cheri Huber’s book reveals the origin of self-hate, how it works, how to identify it, and how to go beyond it. Open it to any page and see if you can quiet your own inner critic.

Published on: September 6, 2017

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